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Allopathic (Conventional) Therapies

Focus on injury, illness and medical intervention using surgery and drugs.

 

Complementary Therapies

Used alongside and in support of conventional medical therapy methods, and are based on the interaction between the body, the mind and the energy system that combines them.

Complementary and conventional approaches can overlap significantly; there are some complementary therapies such as acupuncture or massage which are now considered mainstream or conventional.

 

Alternative Therapies

Used in place of conventional (allopathic) therapies. Alternative therapies are typically excluded by, and used in place of conventional therapies.

 

Integrative Therapies

Combine mainstream medical therapies with complementary and alternative therapies.